A few weeks ago, our good friend Ana from Brazil sent us a note with a video clip of Barack Obama’s comments on whether the USA was a Christian nation. The tape, titled Obama and Religion, was from a message that he delivered at the June 28, 2006 keynote speech at a “Call to Renewal” conference.
As delivered, Obama stated “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”
There is an often bitter debate in North America between those who function from an Atheistic and secular worldview and those who seek to function from a Judeo-Christian worldview. The question: Is America a Christian nation?
On one level this is a complex question. Were we founded as a Christian nation? Are we a Christian nation today? What is a Christian nation? Was the original intent that the USA would be a tyrannical sort of nation where only Christians could live?
I think it can be historically demonstrated that most of the founding fathers were professed Christians, functioning from a Biblical worldview and seeking to build a Christian nation where there was freedom of religion.
Is America a Christian nation today? I would argue we are not. As a nation and as the church, we have largely abandoned the worldview of our founding fathers. The nation is increasingly grounded on an Atheistic and secular worldview that seeks to create a nation whose goal is freedom from religion.
The church has largely jettisoned the Judeo-Christian worldview of our founding fathers for a dualist worldview that separates our faith from life. Our faith is, as the secularists want, largely personal, private, and for Sundays. We have disengaged from the acts of creating godly culture and nation-building based on Biblical principle and worldview. We are no longer a “Monday Church,” but only a Sunday church.
We were designed to be a pluralistic nation where people were free to follow their conscience and worship or not worship as they pleased.
-Darrow L. Miller
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